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86th Street (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)

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Division  B (BMT)
Services  R  (all times)
Platforms  1 island platform
Opened  15 January 1916
Tracks  2
Line  BMT Fourth Avenue Line
Structure  Underground
Borough  Brooklyn
Locale  Bay Ridge
86th Street (BMT Fourth Avenue Line)
Transit connections  New York City Bus: B1, B16, B63 (on Fifth Avenue), S53, S79 SBS, S93
Address  Brooklyn, NY 11209, United States
Similar  77th Street, 59th Street, Prospect Avenue, 53rd Street, 25th Street

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86th Street is a station on the BMT Fourth Avenue Line of the New York City Subway, located at 86th Street and Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. It is served by the R train at all times.


Station layout

This underground station, opened on January 15, 1916, was the original terminal for the BMT Fourth Avenue Line until Bay Ridge–95th Street opened on October 25, 1925. It has two tracks and a single island platform.

The platform and mezzanines above have dark green columns, some of which have the standard black station name plate with white lettering. The track walls are currently tiled, formerly black with dark green and brown paint except for a small section at the extreme north end. The platform has several employee-facilities that have a mosaic trim line.

The station was originally planned to be a four-track express station. The platform is located between what would be the two southbound tracks as north of this station, the current southbound track swings out around the platform while the northbound one remains straight. The additional two tracks would be built on the eastern side of Fourth Avenue. There are also large portions of the mezzanines that are now used for employees only.


This station has two entrances/exits. The full-time one is at the south end. Two staircases from the platform go up to a mezzanine that has a turnstile bank and bodega within fare control. Outside fare control, there is a token booth and two staircases going up to either southern corners of 86th Street and Fourth Avenue.

The station's other fare control area is unstaffed. Two staircases from the platform, one of which is now closed, go up to a mezzanine that has two High Entry/Exit Turnstiles and a single staircase going up to the southwest corner of 85th Street and Fourth Avenue. Both mezzanines have their original mosaic trim line.


In 2007, then-13th District Congressman Vito Fossella and 22nd District State Senator Marty Golden secured funding for an $13.8 million renovation, completed in 2011. The renovation repaired staircases, rebuilt the station's ventilation, and installed new tiling for walls and floors as well as ADA-compliant yellow safety treads along the platform edges. The platform walls were originally tiled, but removed during renovations in the 1970s. The modern renovation restored these tiles, and added an Arts for Transit glass mosaic inspired by the old homes of the Bay Ridge neighborhood.

Future plans call for the addition of elevators to the platform and street, which would make the station fully compliant with accessibility guidelines under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Bus stop

The station serves as a bus hub and terminal for several New York City Transit lines, including the S53 local and S93 limited buses and the S79 Select Bus Service to Staten Island.


86th Street (BMT Fourth Avenue Line) Wikipedia

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